Visit to St. Jude

Last week I had the opportunity to visit and tour St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

And I’m not quite sure there could be anything more life changing. 

Let’s take a few steps back. A few weeks ago, said goodbye to the corporate world. After almost two years, I knew that I had enough experience that I could go elsewhere and apply those skills for a good cause. I’d always known I wanted to work for a non-profit. And I wasn’t actually looking for a new position but an opportunity arose and now I work for a non-profit foundation that helps fight childhood cancer. 

And I really do feel like the luckiest person in the world to love the work I do.

Friday I looked at the clock once and it was 4:45pm. Then again at 7pm when I realized I was getting kind of hungry and should head home. It isn’t “work”.

My very first work trip was to Memphis, Tennessee to visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In case you didn’t know, Jude the Apostle was the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes. And yet I’ve never been in a place that felt more hopeful. 

As you walk through the halls, kids go by in wagons (not wheelchairs). There is no hospital smell. The research that is done in one tower of the hospital is often directly helping children in the next tower. And they are discovering new things every day. 

Today, 46 children will be diagnosed with cancer. I really hope that someday there are no children with cancer; that we find a cure. But until then I’m really thankful for organizations like the one I work for and for places like St. Jude’s.

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